One of my family’s motto is “Travelling is a must” because it’s the only time everyone can bond and relax. So if you’re feeling tired of your daily routines, then it’s about time to take a break.
I highly recommend going to Pattaya and Bangkok, especially if you’re looking for a quick yet fulfilling family vacation. They’re both (surprisingly) family-friendly destinations with tons of exciting attractions, as well as eating and shopping spots that’ll delight both kids and adults.
Best of all, they’re so close to each other, allowing you to enjoy the best of both cities in just 5D4N!
Not sure how to travel? No worries, we’ve planned the perfect itinerary for you, so all you need to do is use this itinerary and have a blast with your family!
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This itinerary includes everything you’ll need for a fun-filled family vacation in Pattaya and Bangkok – from comfortable stays to amazing places to eat and shop at.
Getting There & Around
Pattaya is approximately 2 hours from Bangkok by car. Looking for the best way to get to and travel around Pattaya and Bangkok? For Pattaya, you’ll need to charter or rent a car to move around the city as public transport is difficult to get.
On the other hand, you can take the BTS, MRT, taxi or Grab to move around in Bangkok (from 16 Baht / approx. USD $0.51).
1. SIM Card 131 Baht / USD $4.35 (8 days validity)
Unlike other countries, not many places in Thailand offer free WiFi. Getting a SIM Card with unlimited internet ensures you won’t ever get lost (with the help of Google Maps) and lets you connect with your friends and family anytime, anywhere.
2. Car charter (with driver) From 1,895 Baht / USD $62.69
Move around in Pattaya according to your customised itinerary via Klook’s private car charter with a driver for complete comfort and convenience – no more dealing with tours taking you to unwanted destinations.
3. Car rental without driver From 1,000 Baht / approx. USD $33.08 per day
Confident about driving on unfamiliar roads? Enjoy driving around? If yes, consider renting a car from Ezy, AVIS, or Hertz. (Prices vary depending on the car model.)
4. Airport transfer From 920 Baht / USD $30.45
Hailing a cab to/from Don Mueang or Suvarnabhumi airport can be difficult, especially if you have a lot of luggage or if it’s during peak hours. Booking an airport transfer ensure you’ll get to the airport conveniently and on time.
5. Rabbit Card (for BTS) From 115 Baht / USD $3.75
When possible, it’s highly recommended to take the BTS in Bangkok to avoid traffic as traffic can get very bad at certain areas (especially during peak hours). By getting a Rabbit Card (with stored value of 200 baht) or a one-day pass, you can forgo lining up in ticket counters to buy the card or queuing for one-way tickets. When you’ve used up the credits, you can easily top-up your card at any BTS ticket counters.
6. Luggage services From 398 Baht / USD $13.89
Want to spend more time to shop? By using a luggage service, you can send your luggage to your hotel or airport ahead of your arrival without any hassle.
Note: For this itinerary, we’ll be using Swiss Hotel Pattaya and The Residence Rajtaevee Hotel as the default accommodation.
Have a blast at the world’s first Cartoon Network water park
If you’ve taken the earliest flight to Bangkok, you’ll be ready to leave the airport by 10am and reach Pattaya by noon – just in time for you to have lunch before travelling around the city.
PS: It takes approximately 2 hours to reach Pattaya so grab some light breakfast or snacks from the convenience store in case anyone gets hungry on the road.
Seafood is a must-eat when you’re at the beach, and that applies to Pattaya too! At this beachside restaurant, find loads of delicious, fresh seafood cooked Thai-style, from crab curry to steamed fish with lime and chilli. Remember to get their ice-cream placed in colourful crab bowls too (you can take the bowls home)!
PS: They also sell freshly-grilled pork satays (sold at the stall in front of the store’s entrance).
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Can’t stand Pattaya’s heat? Cool down at the world’s first Cartoon Network themed park! With 5 main (and huuuge) water attractions, and 9 main shows going on everyday – both adults and kids alike are bound to have incredible fun. You can even slip and slide with all of your Cartoon Network friends, including the Powerpuff Girls and Jake from Adventure Time.
With rides and shows galore at Cartoon Network Amazone Waterpark, you know you’re guaranteed nothing but the utmost fun!
Yep, you read it right. The famous themed shopping mall at Asoke is now in Pattaya (opened in 2018). And at this mall, you can eat authentic Thai food by popular Thai restaurant KinKao. Try everything from green curry and Thai-style pork stew to seafood dishes, all eaten Tze Char style.
Remember to get some Thai desserts and drinks too – the perfect closing for the perfect meal.
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Remember your childhood when you snuggled with teddy bears at night? Guess what, you’ll find tonsssss of them in various sizes at 12 zones here. These include an Inca Zone, Fossil Zone, Africa Zone, Dinosaur Zone, Thailand Zone, Under the Sea Zone and more!
Other than these photo zones, there’s a treehouse playground kids can play at and a Teddy Bear Gift Shop that sells the teddy bears. There’s also a special show and dance led by Captain Teddy Bear and Friends three times a day every Saturday and Sunday.
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After a long day, head back to this cutesy, cottage-like stay at Swiss Sheep Farm Pattaya. It’s super peaceful and feels like you’re staying at a charming European farming village.
And if you stay at the Family Room, you get three bedrooms to your disposal (fit for 6 adults) – big enough for your entire family to play hide-and-seek indoors. Your two kids can even have their own rooms if they wish to!
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Day 1 Route
Enjoy a beach day and island-hop your way to Koh Larn
Grab a quick breakfast before you’re picked up at the hotel for your Koh Larn half-day tour. Once you’ve returned to the hotel and freshen up, and head over to Nong Nooch Tropical Garden to watch its cultural show and tour around the (dinosaur-filled) botanical garden. End your day with a hotel seafood buffet by the seaside and a trip to the night market.
Going on a beach vacation isn’t complete without playing in the sand and ocean. So rather than playing at Pattaya or Jomtien beach, why not go on a quick trip to the beautiful Koh Larn instead?
Its beach is so clean that all you’ll want to do is lie down and enjoy the sun. Your kids might even want to build sandcastles or swim.
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It’s so pink! – Tutu Beach (1 hour)
Dining by the beach is always a must, even when you have kids. But what if you can up the ante with pink beach umbrellas and cushions? Then it becomes a place you must go!
Remember to get their refreshing drinks (in pink shells or palm tree bottles!), food, baked goodies or even finger food. It’ll make your lunch super chill and awesome – you might even feel like you’re in Hawaii!
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Encounter over 100 different types of life-sized dinosaur replicas, from Cretaceous to everyone’s favourite, Tyrannosaurus Rex at this 2.4 square kilometer park. And with its landscaped garden, the scenery definitely feels like you’re among the tropics of the Jurassic era.
You’ll also have the chance to see fascinating cultural shows during your visit. Each day there are Muay Thai demonstrations and Thai dance performances.
Note: Nong Nooch Tropical Garden also offers Elephant Shows, however we highly recommend not watching them (TripCanvas does not support animal cruelty). Instead, you can ride a car to tour around the botanical garden (for a fee) and spend more time there.
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After an eventful day, everyone must be starving by now. Take your pick of Western and Thai food for dinner, where you can eat delicious food of your choice.
Whether you want a more Westernised dish like steak or salad or an Asian taste like rice or noodles, you’ll find everything here. To top it off, you’ll be eating by the beachside accompanied by the soothing sounds of the waves. Doesn’t that sound like the perfect family beach dinner?
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Get your wallets ready because you’re going to go crazy shopping here! This night market has everything from shirts and jeans to shoes and bags for him and her. You can even buy car toys, action figures and many other kid-friendly items to appease your young ones, as well as food in case any of you gets hungry mid-way.
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Housing 7 exciting attractions, Pattaya’s Ripley’s Believe It or Not Museum is guaranteed to give your older kids (and you) quite an interesting time.
Discover more than 300 strange, beautiful and some shocking exhibits within 10 different galleries. These include torture devices, a real shrunken human head and more.
If you’re up for it, go through their other attractions, such as Haunted Adventure, Infinity Maze or the 9DX Moving Theatre.
Disclaimer: Ripley’s Believe It or Not Museum can be quite creepy. Do note that it’s not suitable for young children.
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Day 2 Route
Explore Pattaya’s floating market and head back to Bangkok
Before you head to Bangkok, enjoy a fun and cool morning at the Pattaya Floating Market and FROST Magical Ice of Siam. Once you’ve checked in and dropped your bags at The Residence Rajtaevee, take your kids to see ocean creatures at the largest aquarium in South East Asia and enjoy spectacular Bangkok night views on the 85th floor of Baiyoke Sky Hotel.
Thailand is famous for its floating market (along with Venice’s canals), so why not visit one since you have the chance? Here, pass by numerous stalls selling Thai snacks and souvenirs as well as local eateries you can have a filling meal at.
If you’re not afraid of water, ride on one of the boats across the market, just like what traditional floating markets sellers use. Your kids will love this experience!
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I always look for Chinese food when I’m travelling abroad because of its familiar (and welcoming) taste. And out of all Chinese food, I love dim sum the most (they’re so delicious!!). So if you’re like me, you’ll be happy to know that today’s lunch is all-you-can-eat dim sum.
Shanghai Xiao Long Bao? Shrimp Dumplings? Stuffed Rice Noodles? They definitely have them (and more!!).
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Indulge in the wintry -10ºC temperature as you walk around marvelling at mythical Thai ice creatures that almost look like they’re prowling around grounds.
Apart from the adventurous ice walk, there’s also a waterslide and the Love Ice Bar onsite. Get deliciously icy drinks here to top off the fun and chilly experience.
PS: You’ll be provided with coats when you enter the attraction. However, if you can’t stand the cold, it’s recommended to bring a pair of gloves along.
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I bet you’ll still be shopping up a storm in Bangkok (it’s a shopping haven after all!). With four of you on this trip plus many shopping bags, you’ll definitely need some spacious accommodation to go along with it.
Good news, book a two-bedroom stay at The Residence Rajtaevee! There’s a living room, and a dining room where you can eat, chat and relax too.
And if you prefer chilling outdoors, there’s also a small seating area on the first floor where you can take some time to chat and relax with your family!
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After checking in and dropping your bags at the hotel, head to SEA LIFE Bangkok for some ocean fun. With more than 30,000 marine animals, these animals are categorised into seven different marine environments starting with the “Weird and Wonderful.” Then you’ll explore the “Open Ocean,” “Rainforest,” “Deep Reef,” “Rocky Shore,” “Sea Jellies,” and “Living Ocean.”
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When you’re up so high (on the 76th or 78th floor), all the lights below and up in the sky seem like stars. With the smorgasbord of International cuisine laid out, you’re in for a treat!
Once done, head over to the Observation Deck on the 77th floor and the Revolving View Point on the 84th floor for a better view of Bangkok.
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Shop ‘til you drop at the train night market around central Bangkok! – Rod Fai Night Market Ratchada (1.5 hours)
The market’s not only full of stalls selling items from 20 baht, it’s also near central Bangkok! Better yet, it sells everything from clothes to phone casings to vintage items (at great prices). So the next time you’re going on a shopping spree, don’t forget to stop by Rod Fai Night Market Ratchada.
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Day 3 Route
Shop to your hearts’ content in Bangkok!
Hopefully, you’ve had a great rest because it’s time for another day of fun and shopping! Spend the entire day at Siam and Pratunam by shopping at The Market and Big C and playing at Kidzania. If you’re not ready to end your day early, enjoy more shopping at Liab Duan Night Market.
Hidden boat noodles that’s been around for almost 40 years – Lung Prathunam Boat Noodles (45 minutes)
Start off your morning with a warm bowl of boat noodles. This shop is tucked away down a dark alley so the hesitations might get real, but it’s well worth the wander with a bowl this good.
If you’re brave enough, try their pig’s blood/cow’s blood soup with noodles and minced meat, served in a rich, dark soy broth. We’d recommend adding the crispy wontons or pork skin to your dish!
But for kids or those that prefer to avoid eating the “bloody” ingredients, you can try something else such as their Yong Tau Foo Noodle and enjoy the pink sweet, spicy and sour taste.
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Not sure what to buy for your friends and family back home? No worries. Big C Supercenter – Ratchadamri has everything you need.
From instant noodles and dried mangoes to body care and cosmetic products, you can buy a bunch of them at affordable prices.
You can also find Thailand’s famous fabric-based bag brand NaRaYa on the first floor, in case you wanted to bring a couple of their bags home.
Ask any local where’s the best place to eat hot pot in Thailand and they’ll tell you “MK Restaurant”.
Located in Big C Supercenter itself, the best thing about this place is that you get to eat veggies and meat with their simple and addictive broth – along with dim sum and noodles or rice, filling you up with utter yumminess. Their roasted duck is also worth trying, you’ll see almost every table ordering this dish!
PS: Afterwards, we recommend dropping your purchases at the hotel so you play in Kidzania bag-free and buy more things at night.
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Does your kid know what they would like to be when they grow up? Give a brief yet fun introduction to various occupations at Kidzania. With over 100 activities, Kidzania helps children discover various jobs from bottling coca-cola, learning to make hamburgers or fighting fires. The possibilities are endless!
Through this process, Kidzania hopes to help children learn financial literacy, social skills, mutual cooperation and respect.
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Tired after four days of travelling? Treat your entire family to some Thai or Western desserts! Divana ForRest Cafe’s Rain Forrest Afternoon Tea offers both local and Western sweet and savoury delights – sure to satiate all kinds of taste buds. Best of all, it’s super pleasing to the eyes, with everything placed on this tree-looking stand.
Delicious and beautiful? What’s not to love?!
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Looking to shop for yourself or for loved ones? Discover a wide variety of items from bags and clothes to suits and aromatherapy products. Although the prices here are pricier than what you’ll find at night markets and Platinum, the products here have better quality and are more varied than other places.
PS: There are tons of local and international eateries too, such as Dookki and After You Dessert Cafe, in case you suddenly feel famished.
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Ever heard of the popular Chinese restaurant with elevated tables at Chinatown (accessible via ladder)? Now, you no longer need to travel all the way to Chinatown as they’ve opened a branch at The Market Bangkok.
You’ll still be able to enjoy the same delicious food up high, without experiencing the insane queues in Chinatown!
(Optional) Understated night market that’s a must-go in our books – Liab Duan Night Market (1.5 hours)
Not tired yet? Enjoy more shopping at this underrated night market, with everything from clothes to pet stuff and homewares available here. But for you fashion shoppers, you’d be delighted to know that Liab Duan Night Market has many really cute designs we’ve yet to see elsewhere in Bangkok – at prices your wallet will be happy with!
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Day 4 Route
Go on a last-minute shopping spurt before heading back home
Alas, all things must come to an end. But before you leave Bangkok, enjoy a magical brunch at a garden cafe and do some last-minute shopping at a Japanese mall. If your flight is scheduled for later in the evening, opt to take your kids for a flight simulation experience where they can become pilots for a short while.
It’s never too early to be prince charming & the princess living in a fairytale. And with this being the morning of your last day in Bangkok, there’s no better time than now.
What was once built as the home for a royal princess, has now been transformed into the most romantic ‘palace garden’, the perfect place to have brunch or dinner at (and with plenty of magical instagrammable spots too).
As for food, there’s a wide range of delectable Western options ranging from brunch favourites like Duck Confit & Crispy Waffle to Mushroom Risotto & Truffle Oil.
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Just opened in February 2019, you can now get the same Japanese stuff you would have bought in the Land of Sakura.
Okonomiyaki toy set for kids? Japanese seasonings? Or even fresh strawberries to eat on the way to the airport? Find everything at DONKI Mall Thonglor!
Before you leave, have lunch at one of the numerous Japanese restaurants here, which serves dishes from all over Japan.
FYI: Visit Legend Castle, a magic cafe where Japanese in-house magicians will show you tricks that’ll bedazzle both adults and kids, or D-Sports Stadium, an indoor sports complex where you can play various types of sports (in case your kids get restless while shopping).
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(Optional) Soar Like An Eagle – Flight Simulation Experience (30 minutes to 1 hour)
If you’ve ever wanted to fly a passenger jet, Flight Experience Bangkok is for you. This aviation entertainment center offers visitors the chance to operate a Boeing 737-800NG flight simulator. You’ll be able to practice your take-offs and landings, fly from one city to another or fly around your choice of landmark. (Our vote goes to The Grand Palace.)
If you’ve done this before, add some extra challenges to your simulation such as landing in bad weather or programming the autopilot.
This activity is recommended for children above age 11, but it’s sure to be a memorable experience for everyone. The simulator can seat 3 people, so you’ll be able to watch your kids either soar like an eagle or crash and burn.